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Where to Find the Hottest Chicago Burgers Right Now

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Kuma's Too
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Chicago is home to many great burgers so it can be difficult choosing a spot to satisfy that craving. Luckily, the Eater Chicago Burger Heatmap is here to tell you where to go for some of the hottest burgers right now at places that have either opened or been updated within the past year. Whether you want local, organic beef or prefer goat topped with kimchi or pancetta, there's a restaurant out there with a gourmet creation waiting for you. Just don't blame us for the food coma afterwards.


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Note: Restaurants on this map are listed geographically.

1. Kuma's Too

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666 W Diversey Pkwy
Chicago, IL 60614
(773) 472-2666
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The second location of Chicago’s renowned heavy metal burger joint rocks just as hard as the original. The larger space should reduce wait times but don’t expect the lines to get any shorter, the crowds are just as fanatic. So if Iron Maiden, Pantera and Black Sabbath are still just band names to you, then it’s time to acquaint yourself with some of Chicago’s best burgers.

2. Edzo's Burger Shop

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2218 N. Lincoln Ave.
Chicago, IL 60614
(773) 697-9909
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Evanston’s favorite burger shop has made its way to Lincoln Park. Get them griddled with your choice of toppings and don’t forget the Crazy or Taylor Street Fries—loaded with Italian beef gravy and sweet & hot peppers. Finish it off with one of Edzo’s famous hand-dipped milkshakes like the Nutella shake and you’ll be ready for a nice, long nap.

3. Indie Burger

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1034 W Belmont Ave
Chicago, IL 60657
(773) 857-7777
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The burger menu is short and simple but the 1/3 pound, organic, grass-fed patties on brioche buns speak for themselves. For vegans, an organic chickpea burger is also offered. The space features reclaimed furniture like chairs made from soda bottles and a South Side church pew, and the music selection is, unsurprisingly, indie rock.

4. Leadbelly Burgers

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5729 W. Irving Park Rd
Chicago, IL 60634
(773) 283-7880
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Blues and rock ‘n’ roll-themed Leadbelly is one of the newest additions to the city’s burger scene. Named after blues musician Huddie William Ledbetter, burgers like Black Betty, Salty Dog and Amazing Grace will have you howling for more. The beef is grounded on site, the buns are baked fresh daily and every order comes with a Leadbelly butter cookie. For the big eaters, the 2-pound Titanic burger is shaped like a 14-inch pizza and serves 4-5 people.

5. Fatty's Burgers & More

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2665 N Clark St
Chicago, IL 60614
(773) 248-3288
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Bring your appetite to this Texas burger chain as the standard patty is a half pound in weight. Selections include an All-Star Avocado Burger, Coaches Chili Burger and The Free Agent which comes topped with a fried egg and wasabi mayo. Those hungry (and brave enough) can tackle the 1 pound Lineman Burger that’s sure to be a challenge.

6. Little Goat

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820 W Randolph St
Chicago, IL 60607
(312) 888-3455
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It’s not your usual greasy diner fare at Stephanie Izard’s latest spot, and the burgers are definitely atypical. Choose a Slagel beef, turkey, Kilgus goat or veggie patty and compliment it with a set of ingredients that include Korean (kimchi, bacon, egg, spicy mayo), Horseshoe (smoked fries, chili, cheese sauce) and Wing Style (wing sauce, blue cheese, celery, crispy onion). You’ll never look at diner burgers the same again afterwards.

7. Publican Quality Meats

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825 W Fulton Market
Chicago, IL 60607
(312) 496-0012
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Despite its popularity, burgers only make an appearance once a week during Burger Night at Publican Quality Meats. It’s a hot commodity but it’s easy to see why. Five ounces of Slagel beef topped with American cheese and a “special sauce” on a Highland Bakery bun bring the crowds in. Look for Burger Night to return some time in the spring.

8. Trenchermen

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2039 W North Ave
Chicago, IL 60647
(773) 661-1540
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Available on the bar menu, the Trenchbar burger is so good you won’t even care that you’re not seated at a table. The potato dough–foccacia hybrid bun houses an in-house chuck patty topped with pickles and smothered in cheddar. The signature tots are just an extra bonus to this mouth-watering burger.

9. Frog N Snail

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3124 N Broadway
Chicago, IL 60657
(773) 661-9166
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Bring a bib because you might need it for this monstrosity of a burger. Eight ounces of prime Angus is topped with bacon, lettuce, tomato, an egg, buttermilk fried onions, boursin, worcestershire and frog sauce. It’s a delicious mess you won't mind making.

10. DMK Burger Bar

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2954 N Sheffield Ave
Chicago, IL 60657
(773) 360-8686
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DMK introduced a their #15 burger a week ago, called "The Meat Lovers Burger." The heart-stopping combination of grass-fed beef, canadian bacon, deli ham and sausage two ways teams with fontina cheese, grilled onions and peppers, and pizza sauce.

11. Siena Tavern

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51 W Kinzie St
Chicago, IL 60654
(312) 595-1322
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Fabio Viviani's burger at the hotter-than-hot Siena Tavern consists of fontina cheese, tomato jam, baby arugula, crispy pancetta, herb aioli and rosemary. The Italian jewel is served at lunch.

12. Public House

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400 N State St
Chicago, IL 60654
(312) 265-1240
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At Public House, a gluten free burger hides on the "Non-Wiches" section. It consists of hooks 3–year cheddar, lettuce, tomato, red onion, lemon-black pepper aioli and Hawaiian sesame bun.

13. Little Market Brasserie

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10 E. Delaware Pl.
Chicago, IL 60610

Ryan Poli is cooking up his spin on a South Side classic at Little Market. A double-griddled American cheeseburger with grilled onions, housemade pickles, ketchup, mustard and spicy mayo runs $13.50 on the lunch and dinner menus.

14. Howells & Hood

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435 North Michigan Ave.
Chicago, IL 60611
(312) 262-5310
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The menu at Howells & Hood in the Tribune Tower has Scott Walton's "H&H Burger" on the menu. $13 gets an 8 oz. Pat LaFrieda aged beef patty, Carr Valley white cheddar, beer battered onion rings, dill pickle, shredded iceberg lettuce, tomato and a white bun served with olive oil parsley fries.

15. Gather Chicago

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4539 N. Lincoln
Chicago, IL 60625
(773) 506-9300
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Ken Carter's burger at Gather has in-house ground Angus short rib, Wisconsin white cheddar, hand-cut in-house cured bacon and roasted pepper aioli on a brioche bun.

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1. Kuma's Too

666 W Diversey Pkwy, Chicago, IL 60614

The second location of Chicago’s renowned heavy metal burger joint rocks just as hard as the original. The larger space should reduce wait times but don’t expect the lines to get any shorter, the crowds are just as fanatic. So if Iron Maiden, Pantera and Black Sabbath are still just band names to you, then it’s time to acquaint yourself with some of Chicago’s best burgers.

666 W Diversey Pkwy
Chicago, IL 60614

2. Edzo's Burger Shop

2218 N. Lincoln Ave., Chicago, IL 60614

Evanston’s favorite burger shop has made its way to Lincoln Park. Get them griddled with your choice of toppings and don’t forget the Crazy or Taylor Street Fries—loaded with Italian beef gravy and sweet & hot peppers. Finish it off with one of Edzo’s famous hand-dipped milkshakes like the Nutella shake and you’ll be ready for a nice, long nap.

2218 N. Lincoln Ave.
Chicago, IL 60614

3. Indie Burger

1034 W Belmont Ave, Chicago, IL 60657

The burger menu is short and simple but the 1/3 pound, organic, grass-fed patties on brioche buns speak for themselves. For vegans, an organic chickpea burger is also offered. The space features reclaimed furniture like chairs made from soda bottles and a South Side church pew, and the music selection is, unsurprisingly, indie rock.

1034 W Belmont Ave
Chicago, IL 60657

4. Leadbelly Burgers

5729 W. Irving Park Rd, Chicago, IL 60634

Blues and rock ‘n’ roll-themed Leadbelly is one of the newest additions to the city’s burger scene. Named after blues musician Huddie William Ledbetter, burgers like Black Betty, Salty Dog and Amazing Grace will have you howling for more. The beef is grounded on site, the buns are baked fresh daily and every order comes with a Leadbelly butter cookie. For the big eaters, the 2-pound Titanic burger is shaped like a 14-inch pizza and serves 4-5 people.

5729 W. Irving Park Rd
Chicago, IL 60634

5. Fatty's Burgers & More

2665 N Clark St, Chicago, IL 60614

Bring your appetite to this Texas burger chain as the standard patty is a half pound in weight. Selections include an All-Star Avocado Burger, Coaches Chili Burger and The Free Agent which comes topped with a fried egg and wasabi mayo. Those hungry (and brave enough) can tackle the 1 pound Lineman Burger that’s sure to be a challenge.

2665 N Clark St
Chicago, IL 60614

6. Little Goat

820 W Randolph St, Chicago, IL 60607

It’s not your usual greasy diner fare at Stephanie Izard’s latest spot, and the burgers are definitely atypical. Choose a Slagel beef, turkey, Kilgus goat or veggie patty and compliment it with a set of ingredients that include Korean (kimchi, bacon, egg, spicy mayo), Horseshoe (smoked fries, chili, cheese sauce) and Wing Style (wing sauce, blue cheese, celery, crispy onion). You’ll never look at diner burgers the same again afterwards.

820 W Randolph St
Chicago, IL 60607

7. Publican Quality Meats

825 W Fulton Market, Chicago, IL 60607

Despite its popularity, burgers only make an appearance once a week during Burger Night at Publican Quality Meats. It’s a hot commodity but it’s easy to see why. Five ounces of Slagel beef topped with American cheese and a “special sauce” on a Highland Bakery bun bring the crowds in. Look for Burger Night to return some time in the spring.

825 W Fulton Market
Chicago, IL 60607

8. Trenchermen

2039 W North Ave, Chicago, IL 60647

Available on the bar menu, the Trenchbar burger is so good you won’t even care that you’re not seated at a table. The potato dough–foccacia hybrid bun houses an in-house chuck patty topped with pickles and smothered in cheddar. The signature tots are just an extra bonus to this mouth-watering burger.

2039 W North Ave
Chicago, IL 60647

9. Frog N Snail

3124 N Broadway, Chicago, IL 60657

Bring a bib because you might need it for this monstrosity of a burger. Eight ounces of prime Angus is topped with bacon, lettuce, tomato, an egg, buttermilk fried onions, boursin, worcestershire and frog sauce. It’s a delicious mess you won't mind making.

3124 N Broadway
Chicago, IL 60657

10. DMK Burger Bar

2954 N Sheffield Ave, Chicago, IL 60657

DMK introduced a their #15 burger a week ago, called "The Meat Lovers Burger." The heart-stopping combination of grass-fed beef, canadian bacon, deli ham and sausage two ways teams with fontina cheese, grilled onions and peppers, and pizza sauce.

2954 N Sheffield Ave
Chicago, IL 60657

11. Siena Tavern

51 W Kinzie St, Chicago, IL 60654

Fabio Viviani's burger at the hotter-than-hot Siena Tavern consists of fontina cheese, tomato jam, baby arugula, crispy pancetta, herb aioli and rosemary. The Italian jewel is served at lunch.

51 W Kinzie St
Chicago, IL 60654

12. Public House

400 N State St, Chicago, IL 60654

At Public House, a gluten free burger hides on the "Non-Wiches" section. It consists of hooks 3–year cheddar, lettuce, tomato, red onion, lemon-black pepper aioli and Hawaiian sesame bun.

400 N State St
Chicago, IL 60654

13. Little Market Brasserie

10 E. Delaware Pl., Chicago, IL 60610

Ryan Poli is cooking up his spin on a South Side classic at Little Market. A double-griddled American cheeseburger with grilled onions, housemade pickles, ketchup, mustard and spicy mayo runs $13.50 on the lunch and dinner menus.

10 E. Delaware Pl.
Chicago, IL 60610

14. Howells & Hood

435 North Michigan Ave., Chicago, IL 60611

The menu at Howells & Hood in the Tribune Tower has Scott Walton's "H&H Burger" on the menu. $13 gets an 8 oz. Pat LaFrieda aged beef patty, Carr Valley white cheddar, beer battered onion rings, dill pickle, shredded iceberg lettuce, tomato and a white bun served with olive oil parsley fries.

435 North Michigan Ave.
Chicago, IL 60611

15. Gather Chicago

4539 N. Lincoln, Chicago, IL 60625

Ken Carter's burger at Gather has in-house ground Angus short rib, Wisconsin white cheddar, hand-cut in-house cured bacon and roasted pepper aioli on a brioche bun.

4539 N. Lincoln
Chicago, IL 60625

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